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A while back a student asked me about the rule for word stress in two-syllable words that can function both as nouns and verbs. I explained that for words like record and progress we place the stress on the first syllable when it’s a noun and on the second syllable when it’s a verb.
However, it’s not enough to hear that rule once. How easy will it be for that student to retain the information about word stress and apply it in his own speech? For advanced students, I’d like to offer an activity called Wants and Needs. See the Wants and Needs_handout here. It’s not terribly complicated. Students are simply matching verb-noun pairs that have been contextualized on role cards. The challenge is to use the correct stress patterns in every exchange with their classmates in the search for what they want or need (as stated on a role card).